What's News Today: July 19, 2016
(WSLS 10) - The Supreme Court of Virginia will hear arguments today about Governor Terry McAuliffe's executive order restoring voting rights to more than 206,000 convicted felons. At issue is whether the state's constitution allows governors to restore voting rights to ex-felons in mass or requires them to be handled on a case by case basis. House of Delegates Speaker William Howell and others sued the governor after he issued the order, calling it an "unprecedented executive overreach." McAuliffe says he's confident he's on firm legal ground.
The Roanoke County Sheriff's Office holds a classroom based Citizen Firearm Safety Course today. Topics covered include safety, storage and malfunctions as well as issues and responsibilities of gun owners. Admission for the course is ten cans of food or non-perishable food items.
Williams Memorial Baptist Church in Roanoke holds a gun safety and gun violence event tonight. The event is being held in response to the death of 12 year-old Khalil Burt, who was shot by a friend when playing with a handgun they found in the home. Ronaoke City Police will also be there grilling hot dogs and interacting with the community.
Patrick Henry Community College holds Fast Pass Enrollment today. Students can complete an application, meet with an advisor and register for fall classes. Fall classes begin August 18th.
Roanoke TRIAD meets today to talk about the proper storage and disposal of firearms. The Roanoke City's Sheriff's Office leads the meeting this afternoon at one at the Raleigh Court Library. TRIAD is a partnership between law enforcement, seniors and service providers who work together to reduce crime against the elderly.
The Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors will discuss plans for a new animal shelter tonight. Bids for the facility were due last week, with four submitted. The board will look at way to fund the project and any alternate projects. Bid documents show that the former Piedmont Chevrolet dealership on U.S. 29 will be used, with parts being torn down, a 6,000 square foot addition built and another 6,000 square feet renovated.
The Franklin County Board of Supervisors holds a work session today to look at adding a police department in the county. The board asked county staff to get information about how much adding a police force will cost. Supervisor Ronnie Thomason says adding a police department turns control over to the county and provides officers job security.
The Virginia School Boards Association holds its annual Conference on Education today. Governor Terry McAuliffe is expected to talk to the group this afternoon. Educators will talk about practices that have proven successful, curriculum and partnerships.
Students from Liberty University will return to the U.S. Today after spending more than a week in Athens, Greece. The group of 31 students worked with an organization there to help sex trafficking victims.
The Harvester Performance Center in Rocky Mount hosts the Gin Blossoms tonight. Poplular in the '80s and '90s with hits like "Hey Jealousy" and "Follow You Down," the group is back and touring the nation. Tickets for tonight's show start at $47.
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